Earthquake woes continue to obfuscate restart of nuclear reactors

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On Monday, a report by three Japanese utilities said that the Tomari nuclear plant in Hokkaido and the Tsuruga plant in Fukui Prefecture are at risk of earthquakes that exceed their designed quake-resistance parameters.

A day later on Tuesday, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) suggested the possibility of an old fault “fracture zone” right beneath the Number 1 and Number 2 units of the Tsuruga nuclear plant moving closely with an active fault nearby, and subsequently issued the inspection order on Tuesday to the Japan Atomic Power Company,  after a team of experts surveyed 3 faults in the compound and found that one of them located 150 meters west of the No.2 reactor may be active.

According to NISA, a 35-km-long fault named Urazoko runs beneath the compound of the Tsuruga power plant, and experts believe it caused an earthquake there around 4,500 years ago or later.  The team said the fault could shift simultaneously with a known active fault nearby. If that happens, they could trigger an earthquake more powerful than the plant is supposed to withstand.

Japan has rules against installing a nuclear plant on top of an active fault that has moved within the last 120,000 to 130,000 years, and some are concerned that the Tsuruga site may be declared unfit to host a nuclear plant.

Katsuhiko Ishibashi, honorary professor at Kobe University, said of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant, “It was not a proper place to build (a nuclear facility) in the first place. What is more, if a fault beneath the reactor buildings can move in tandem with an active fault, the location is clearly disqualified (as a site for a nuclear facility).

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  1. Ambassador Murata writes to UN Secretary General: “It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor” – Appeals for independent assessment team
    http://enenews.com/ambassador-murata-writes-secretary-general-exaggeration-fate-japan-world-depends-4-reactor-appeals-independent-assessment-team/comment-page-1#comment-230805
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    “If Fukushima’s SFP #4 collapses it will pollute the Earth”,

    Want more info? I posted this on the enenews today, (+ see all the comments):
    http://enenews.com/?p=30009

    Japan is allowing TEPCO to put Life on Earth at RISK…

    If the SFP (Spent Fuel Pool) in #4 collapses or fails to be kept cool FOR ANY REASON, in a very short time, all the fuel rods in it will destroy themselves by becoming a huge molten mass. This new radioactive mass will make the ENTIRE Fukushima complex (including reactors #5 and #6 (and their SFP’s) into not only the Worlds biggest nuclear disaster but it will be so radioactive that the entire complex will be off limits to humans! This new uncontrollable molten mass will spew so much radioactivity (and keep doing so for the rest of our lives) that it will change life as we know it, because it will be spread Globally by the jet stream and or Ocean currents.

    BTW: If you have not seen the 1959 movie “On the Beach” you should, it describes a very similar situation…

    Please demand some answers from your President and or Government’s Leaders are not also demanding that this Potential “LIFE AS WE KNOW IT” event is not even being discussed by our MSM!

    and

    TEPCO MUST DO 3 THINGS ASAP TO PREVENT THIS:

    1. TEPCO should be filling the entire #4 building with concrete ASAP in order to create a “Seismic Vessel” to completely encapsulate the SFP making it impossible for it to collapse, because the new “Seismic Vessel” would be one gigantic unit…

    2. TEPCO should have no less than 4 backup generators and 4 pumps that EACH could provide ENOUGH emergency power and water should ANYTHING happen to prevent the normal pumps from functioning. Note this includes protecting all the fuel, storage tanks, piping and controls so that it would make these pumps and their generators completely BOMB PROOF so nothing could prevent them from functioning 24/7/365 and then TEST ONE UNIT EVERY DAY UNDER ACTUAL LOAD, so that the on site workers become expert at shifting pumps!

    3. TEPCO should build and then fill enough tanks to provide standby cooling freshwater for at least one week, so that no matter what happens, the #4 SFP will be kept cool without using seawater, (which could serve as another backup source of water) if the freshwater proved to not be enough for some unknown reason!

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    We cannot allow Japan to fiddle while (Fukushima’s) SFP # 4 BURNS…

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